Title

Wireless Rx - Risk assessment and recommendations for securing a wireless network in a medical practice

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Computer and Information Science, Centre for Security Research

RAS ID

4222

Comments

This article was originally published as: Woodward, A. & Williams, P. (2007). Wireless Rx - Risk assessment and recommendations for securing a wireless network in a medical practice. Proceedings of the 2007 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing (pp.501-505) Las Vegas. Original conference website available here

Abstract

Despite the risks associated with their use, medical practitioners are using wireless devices to store and access medical information. There are a number of risks associated with this use, including denial of service, eavesdropping and social engineering. The consequences of these vulnerabilities are that availability and confidentiality can be compromised. This paper presents a brief summary of the dangers and challenges faced by Wireless users, culminating in a risk assessment for a small medical practice. Recommendations are provided in terms of wireless configuration and settings to mitigate the risk of using wireless in a medical environment. Ultimately, medical users of such wireless networks need to consider whether the benefits outweigh the risks.